Sustainability in the So-Called “Real World”
SustainAbilities also helps students develop transition skills from college to what comes next, with information showing how choices in work and recreation, food and housing, travel and transportation, energy and appliances can make a difference in both life satisfaction and community involvement. There will be opportunities for civic engagement through St. Olaf’s program of internships and Academic Civic Engagement (ACE) classes. And there will be chances to deepen civic consciousness to see the environmental politics of everyday life, and to understand a variety of complex political and policy approaches to sustainability, as well as their costs and benefits. With any luck (and with supportive friends), students will develop the ability to break the taboo about talking about politics, the ability to collaborate with other people when the time comes, and the ability to understand failure and what you can learn from it.